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Despite the lack of snow, we’ve had a fun and sunny week in the parks. We set up a couple of new features where the wallride was last weekend, and the shotgun rainbow at the bottom of the Stomping Grounds. We’re simply reusing snow at this point trying to change things up here and there. Despite what some seem to think, the two inches of packed snow that we have in our parks is not enough to build what we are used to building at this point in the season. I feel fortunate that we’ve been able to push up a line in which you can hit two jumps, and six features total in a line. Just watch out for the dirt, rocks, and roads that are growing ever more present by the day. We’ll continue to try to maintain what we have, and to set a few new things up weekly to keep you entertained. It looks like we may get a few inches later this weekend, so that could help cover some things up and help us to groom everything without having to drive around dirt. With it being a little colder than earlier this week, be aware that the conditions are very firm, and ski and ride with caution. Besides the firm conditions, there are a variety of other obstacles out there. We have a USASA Slopestyle in the Stomping Grounds on Saturday, but the features on the left of the park will be open all day. Even if the conditions aren’t everything you’ve dreamed of, the sunshine has been nice, and it’s worth coming up and taking some runs. So get out there and enjoy, and have a fun and safe weekend.
We’ve had a busy week scraping everything to the ground again getting ready for the Smokin’ Aces Slopestyle. We got a second jump built after Chair 2 Mound and the wallride set up at the end of the line. We also built a small side to the course with a flat box and two smaller jumps; as well as added a round bar to the rail set after jump two as another option. Hopefully we get a lot of participants, and the weather holds out for us. Please check out all the features before you use them as they change constantly due to weather, usage, and maintenance. Have a fun and safe weekend.
We’re stoked to have had a productive week this week in getting ready for the Smokin’ Aces Slopestyle on Jan. 24th. We got two takeoffs on Chair 2 Mound in the Stomping Grounds with an up tower into it. We also set up a combo rail feature as the fourth feature in that line. With the new snow that’s fallen, plus what we’re expected to get, our plan is to finish the jump mound after Ch. 2 Mound and set up the Wallride as the final feature. We also built a small jump in the Terrain Garden. While we were able to get these new features built, it required us to use the snow that we’d already pushed for other features, but hopefully we’ll get enough to get a Southpark jump line set up and start on a center line in the Stomping Grounds this week. It looks like we’ll have a lot of digging to do, so be patient as we get everything dug out, and enjoy some powder. Always check out features before you use them, and have a fun and safe weekend.
Dan and the Park Crew
When it snows it pours. Is that how that saying goes? Luckily, the amount of snow we received earlier in the week allowed us to get some more features set up in Southpark and The Stomping Grounds. In Southpark, we set up a three rail line on the right side including a down tower, a flat box, and a rainbow box. On the left we built a two-sided pyramid with a water tank bonk into a fuel tank feature that can be hit multiple ways. We have two jump mounds started below that, unfortunately we ran out of snow and discovered a large rock feature between the two that will take another decent storm to cover up; you’ll understand when you see it. In the Stomping Grounds, we set up a C-box and a multi-use two fuel tank feature toward the bottom of the park. We’re working on the Chair 2 Mound and plan to winch the landing Sunday night with the hope to get a jump on it early in the week. We’ll also begin to get a center line together since we have a slopestyle only two weeks away. Hopefully we can scratch together enough snow to make our plans come together. As most of you probably noticed, we began to check park passes last weekend and gave you this week to get them. Please have them to show our park pass checkers this weekend. Always remember to check out the features before you use them. It’s really firm out so take it easy, watch for exposed rocks and dirt, particularly in Southpark, and have a great weekend. It looks like today is starting out sunny so enjoy.
The Park Crew
Not much new to write about just yet. Made it through our week of night skiing and looking forward to pushing some snow around starting Sunday night. It looks like we might get some this weekend which is much needed to get a jump line going and start building in Southpark. We’re going to start checking Park Passes this weekend to motivate you all to get yours before we start getting stuff built. It’s simple to do online, so take a few minutes and save yourself the hassle once you’re up here. It’ll serve more as a reminder this weekend since we still don’t have much set up, but by next weekend, we should have much of Southpark built and hopefully some larger features in the Stomping Grounds. Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Years, hopefully 2015 delivers on the snow we’ve been missing so far. Looking forward to getting some stuff built giving you all something to get excited about. Thanks,
The Park Crew
This week’s snow helped us out quite a bit in the parks to get things smoothed out, packed down, and covered up. We were able to set up some features Sunday and Monday including a down round-bar, a down box, a large tower tube, a bank box set up with a small gap to landing, an up-down box, and a flat box all in the Stomping Grounds. We had a piece of plastic break on the up-down box at the end of the day yesterday so it will be closed for a little while today as we fix it, but we’ll have it back up and running as quickly as possible. We were also able to pack down much of South Park and put a few passes down the top of The Stomping Grounds to make it a little more enjoyable to get in the park. With night skiing going on through next Wednesday, our time is pretty limited to build for the next week. We’ll continue to get things prepped and hopefully get a couple of new features set up though. Without South Park open yet, and with the limited number of small and medium features and nothing large, we haven’t begun to check Park Passes just yet, but please get those over the next week as we’ll begin soon. Nastar will also be opening so the side entrance into the park will no longer be an option; please use our gate at the top of the Stomping Grounds park. Hopefully we get some more snow to continue to fill in our water hazards and creek crossings. Until then, enjoy the sun, dress warm, and remember to always check out features before hitting them. Thanks a lot.
The Park Crew
Finally, we’re getting some help from Mother Nature! With the new snow yesterday and last night, and what they’re predicting for tomorrow and tomorrow night, it’s looking good for us to start working in the park again and get some new features set up. I know it’s been a long start to the season, and I appreciate everyone’s patience. We haven’t been able to drive a cat in the park since the day before Thanksgiving, and a couple of flat features are only entertaining for so long. We’ll plan on busting our butts to get as much new stuff set up as we can through the beginning of this week. With night skiing on Saturday, we’ll start building Sunday evening, so expect to start seeing new stuff Monday and throughout the week. Until then, we’ll plan to get the five features we had a couple of weeks ago back up and running. This new snow ought to brighten up everyone’s holidays, get out there and enjoy it!
Dan and the Park Crew
I don’t know about all of you, but I’m ready for some snow! I probably don’t need to tell you, but we don’t have any new features in the parks. We’ve been trying to keep two open; the catch is, you can’t get out the bottom without walking anymore. We’ll continue to keep what we can open for anyone who wants to come in and hit any features that are still useable, but I recommend walking out to Midway just above the park shack to get down. We’ve been spending our time over the past few days re-sheeting the wallride which we haven’t had an opportunity to do in quite a while, so expect to have some fun on that once we get some snow to set it up. Until then, keep your fingers crossed, ride safe, and avoid the bottom of the park. The snow’s actually been really fun on Midway, so come up and support Community Day.
The Schweitzer Park Crew
Unfortunately, we haven’t received enough new snow for us to drive a cat in the park without damaging it, so we still have the same five features up as last week. The good news is, we do have a little more snow so it’ll be easier to get into and out of the park. I still suggest going in the low road located about 2/3 of the way down Nastar. Just go down Midway and look on your right for a terrain park entrance sign. We’re really hoping to get a few more inches over the next couple of days so we can change some things up and set up a few features in the Terrain Garden. Until then, hang in there, be patient, and enjoy what we’ve been able to set up so far. We’ll be changing it up as soon as possible. See you out there.
On second thought, after just coming back from the park in a cat, I can’t recommend riding through. It is pretty bare all the way through, but the worst of it is getting out at the bottom. There is not much more snow than what fell off of my tracks so it will be difficult to get out, and that little bit of snow won’t last long. Midway has coverage so it’ll still be fun to ride, but unfortunately the park won’t be the place to be today. I apologize for the disappointment, I had high hopes at the end of the day Wednesday. At least it’s gonna get cold again tomorrow and we’ll quit losing the little bit of snow we have, and we might even get a few inches. Keep your fingers crossed, hopefully we’ll get an early Christmas present and we’ll be hitting park features soon. Thanks for your patience; and in the meantime, have fun on Midway. At least we’re still riding.
Well, We set up 6 features in the Stomping Grounds for you all on Wednesday. It’s a little warm at the moment, and I’m about to head up to see how everything held up. We set up an assortment of 4 boxes and two towers with five features to hit in a row, and we’re hoping that’s what we’ll have for you to hit this weekend. With the very little amount of snow we’re working with in the park, I would try to save that brand new board or skis you’re itching to try out and grab your old gear until we get a little more, but that’s just me. We haven’t put any tracks into the top of the park because we have a different entrance about a hundred yards up Midway from the bottom of Nastar. Look for our Terrain Park Entrance sign and a red arrow on your right as you ride down Midway, and follow the groomed road. It’s very rocky at the top steep section of the Stomping Grounds park, and we don’t recommend going that way. Remember to start small, go slow, and watch for all of the obstacles that exist early season like sticks, rocks, creeks, ditches, etc. It’s a long season, don’t shorten yours by going crazy the first couple of days. Have fun, be safe, and let’s have a great start to the season. See you out there.
The Park Crew